Murder investigations can take surprise turns

April 23, 2008

Many jagged edges can be mapped in the journey from a crime being committed to a felon being sent to prison for a long time, Deputy Salina Police Chief Carson Mansfield said Tuesday. The probe into the April 16 murder of Mark Simpson found its first dead end this past weekend when the focus on […]

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Former Teacher Indicted on Child Porn Charges

March 11, 2008

The day federal investigators descended on Coen Potts’ Topeka apartment was his last as an area elementary school art teacher. Initially, officials in Auburn-Washburn Unified School District 437 fired Potts after drug paraphernalia was found in his gym bag. But what FBI agents would find acting on a tip as they searched his apartment was […]

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Federal Jury Acquits Man of Possession of 2,800 Pounds of Marijuana

January 21, 2008

On Friday, after a 3-day trial, a federal jury in Topeka acquitted Louis Chouloute of illegally possessing 2,800 pounds of marijuana. On September 14, 2007, a semi-truck was stopped in Shawnee County by a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper. A search revealed 2,800 pounds of marijuana in the trailer. Louis Chouloute, 34, from Brooklyn, New York, […]

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Illegal immigrants turn to identity theft

January 6, 2008

WICHITA — When Air Force veteran Marcos Miranda had his identity stolen, he went from being a valued customer and employee to a government statistic — one of thousands of identity theft victims caught up each year in the crackdown on illegal immigrants. Identity theft has been a growing worry nationwide, but a rise in […]

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Overstreet Found Innocent in Shooting

March 23, 2007

Mother, Girlfriend of Slain Man Say They Don’t Blame Jury for Verdict Cortez Overstreet was found innocent Thursday in the shooting death of Michael Ridley. The jury of seven women and five men needed only 90 minutes of deliberation to determine which of two conflicting accounts of the incident was more credible. On Tuesday, Overstreet’s […]

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A Dance, a Brawl, a Bite, Two Stories

May 11, 2006

A 23-year-old bride-to-be who had part of her right ear bitten off during a bar fight early Sunday wasn’t the true victim in the brawl, a Topeka attorney claims. But the upcoming bride, Megan Millard, said Topeka police definitely got the right woman when they arrested Diane Donnelly, 46, of Topeka, after the fight and […]

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